National Newswatch

Ex-health minister Philpott says federal government should back drug decriminalization in Vancouver

Nov 20 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Former federal health minister Jane Philpott is urging the federal government to “be bold” and approve Vancouver’s pitch to decriminalize simple possession of illicit drugs to help stem a growing tide of overdose deaths. She said the plan, which would require the federal cabinet’s approval, is “a very good idea” that could save lives — […]

19-year-old former intern at centre of alleged O’Toole breach denies he hacked account

Jun 25 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Fired intern says in statement he sent videos to MacKay organizer after O’Toole staffer gave him login info. The 19-year-old former intern at the centre of a political tempest that is now the subject of police investigations says he never “hacked” into Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole’s video conferencing account. The young man, who worked in […]

Erin O’Toole asks to be ‘second choice’ of social conservatives in leaked video

Jun 15 2020 — Catherine Cullen — O’Toole raises concerns about legislation banning conversion therapy, broadening medical aid in dying. Working to lift himself past rival Peter MacKay, Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole is asking social conservatives to make him their second choice, a leaked video reveals. The mostly French-language video, anonymously emailed to Radio-Canada, is a recording of a virtual meeting […]

Conservative leadership candidates pitch fixes for long term care

Jun 3 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Conservative leadership candidates are weighing in on the crisis in long-term care, calling for everything from new funding to keep people in their homes to a criminal crackdown on those who abuse the elderly. CBC News asked all four leadership candidates what they would do to address the issue — which was exposed recently in […]

Ottawa nurse says pandemic panic has left her homeless

Apr 2 2020 — Catherine Cullen — Health care workers are already facing added stress and personal danger because of COVID-19. Now, one Ottawa nurse says fear of the disease has also left her homeless. Kathrine Slinski told CBC News she was almost done moving house on Tuesday when she got a text from her new landlady. “Please call me asap. I’m […]